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Temperatures Plunge towards - 40C

Published tisdag 5 januari 2010 kl 13.16

In northern and central parts of Sweden, temperatures were set to plunge to as low as -40 celsius overnight on Tuesday as a cold weather front from Siberia continued its ice grip. Weather experts say that next week could see warmer weather on the way.

The freezing temperatures have been quite a shock for a country which has been getting used to slightly milder winters over the past few years.

So why have the temperatures plummeted so far below zero this year, and what kind of problems will it cause Sweden?

TV weatherman, Per-Erik Åberg, says the culprit is a prevailing wind from the Arctic this winter, rather than warmer westerly winds from the Atlantic. He adds that although the north of the country is used to the biting temperatures, Swedes living in the south of the country are less hardened, and aren't as prepared as they would have been 20 years ago.

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